Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
It doesn't sound like Julio Jones' chances of playing in Saturday's game against North Texas are real good, and it probably makes sense that he does sit this one out with Arkansas, Kentucky and Ole Miss coming up in the next three weeks.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said on his weekly radio show Thursday night that Jones (bruised kneecap) and running back Roy Upchurch (high ankle sprain) weren't 100 percent after trying to make it through their first practice of the week on Thursday.
"They haven't been able to practice enough probably to prepare," Saban said. "I don't think either guy is out of the realm of being able to play and will be back very soon after this game if they can't play in this game."
Even with Jones not playing a big role to this point, the Crimson Tide have still gotten big plays from their receivers. Darius Hanks, Mike McCoy and Marquis Maze all have catches of 35 yards or longer in the first two games.